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mforster
January 22, 2012, 07:31 AM
Hi, Can anyone help I've a Colt Army 1862 which has wear at the end of the barrel left side, I read somewhere that this was a typical type of wear for a civil war calavry gun,is this true and why would it have wear at that part of the gun?

thanks hope someone knows,

Mike

Hawg
January 22, 2012, 07:48 AM
Wear from a lot of holstering.

Doc Hoy
January 22, 2012, 07:50 AM
....You came to the right place.

The wear on the muzzle is from the holster. It is not confined to pistols from the Civil War era, so don't let a vendor tell you it is original based only on the fact that it has holster wear.

Hawg
January 22, 2012, 07:52 AM
And that's not wear from a military style holster. If it was it would be on the right side. That's wear from a right hand strong side holster.

bedbugbilly
January 22, 2012, 06:38 PM
1862 Colt Army?

mforster
January 23, 2012, 03:39 AM
Thanks everyone for your replies, does it affect the value of the gun?

Mike

mforster
January 23, 2012, 03:44 AM
Also sorry my mistake,the wear is on the right side of the barrel,so it could be from a civil war type holster? I find it hard to believe a leather holster could cause such wear on a steel barrel!

Mike

Doc Hoy
January 23, 2012, 06:06 AM
After enough time, your hand will cause that kind of wear.

mforster
January 23, 2012, 11:11 AM
Hi bedbugbilly, It's an 1860 Army (manufactured in 1862) you're right.

Mike

Hawg
January 23, 2012, 07:20 PM
I find it hard to believe a leather holster could cause such wear on a steel barrel!

It would take years of constant use. My uncle had a .38 Colt that had the barrel worn down almost to the sight on the left side.